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Monday, October 19, 2009

Los Angeles Politics Hotsheet for Monday

Even though we're glad to see LAPD Chief William Bratton finally leave we agreed with his recent assessment as to how fucked up LA politics are.  For some reason despite years of licking his boots all of the sudden the LA Times is up in arms over those remarks and goes into some odd tirade that Bratton disses the Times, the memory of Tom Bradley and the hard work of Zev Yaroslavky, among others, with his words.  Despite the overall goofiness of the editorial the Times points out something that does make sense: Bratton's tenures in Boston and New York were controversial and it was actually Los Angeles that provided him with the launching pad for the current shine on his badge. 

After years of being hammered on providing fee subsidies for "special events" in Los Angeles including those such as The Oscars, etc. - and faced with severe budget cuts - the LA City Council cut back on the funds available for traffic control for Dodger games, Hollywood Bowl performances, etc. As expected, the cash is nearly run out and the expectation is that the operators of these events should pony up for the cost.  Fair enough however some within City Hall feel this is a "burden" and all of a sudden funds have been found to "loan" to the event operators to be paid back later. Yea  When? 

There might be a chance that the Rams could once again play in the LA Coliseum. Okay maybe not but now that it looks like Ed Roski will get the chance to build a new football stadium in the City of Industry and buy an NFL team talk has turned to where that team will play while the stadium is under construction.  John Semcken of Roski's Majestic Realty is saying that the new team could play in either the Rose Bowl or Coliseum in 2011 and 2012, moving into Industry for the 2013 season.

With both Amazon and Sony battling it out in the digital books space - and now Barnes and Noble stores as well - Councilmember Bernard Parks has a great idea: have LA's libraries invest more in e-books than hardcover versions which require additional expense, storage, etc. It is definitely the future and worth investigating. Still, we're sure Betty Pleasant will figure out some insult about the plan.

Local gasbags are up in arms over a VICA sponsored CD2 debate at Woodbury University because the University's mailing address is in Burbank. However the campus is located within the City of Los Angeles in Sun Valley and has a Sun Valley telephone prefix.  The brouhaha was enough for the Daily News to write it up however primarily getting much of their "journalism" from an email protest blast sent by the gasbags.  The story was so lazily put together as to even attribute a quote from me to VICA's Stuart Waldman.

Once again the Latino Politics Blog is on the mark.  Legislation introduced by lesser known Sanchez sister, Congresswoman Linda of Orange County, seeks to curb "cyber-bullying." However the far-reaching regulation is so heavy handed and worded as such it could wind up imposing fines and jail sentences on bloggers or even blog commenters who are critical of politicians and others.


Anonymous Anonymous said:

That fat pig Tim Rutten has to go.

He's a main reason the Slimes is now more of a hick two-bit paper than a competitor for the NY Times etc.

He writes book reviews AND editorials and does both half-assed.

For example: the fat blowhard says Bratton should be grateful because it's in L A that he's got such support from Council and voters that he got the trash fee hike passed for more cops.

BUT the fat blowhard doesn't add the MOST important part: that ever since, most of the Council has wanted to TAKE the trash fees into the general fund and LIES that it was ever meant for cops.

Starting with his nemesis Bitter Bernie, Greig "you homeowners just had it too cheap before on your trash pickup" SMith, "9500 cops is plenty since LAPD has been getting by with too few anyway, what's the difference" Koretz, "I'm with Lou Farakkhan" Jan Perry, flip-flopper Rosendahl and the rest.

Never mind the looney-tunes City Attorney who just slimed his way in with the help of the Slimes who thinks that being elected just means you toss all your campaign lies out the window and do whatever you damn please like Stalin on Steroids.

On top of all of them micio-micro-managing him out of spite over his "ego," and because this miserable bunch of losers can't stand anyone more educated and accomplished than they are (pretty much anyone) they have to take them down.

Fat Blowhard Tim Rutten would fit in just fine next to LaBong, Zine and is for now their Perfect Tool.

October 19, 2009 5:58 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

It's been obvious for some time that Rick Orlov gets a lot of his "news" from a few blogs including this one, or just sits on his butt at City Hall gossipping with Dennis Zine then writes up whatever he says as a
"colleagues criticize so and so" hit piece or just snipy gossip piece.

October 19, 2009 6:30 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Ok, let me get this straight. Crime is better managed under Chief Bratton with the community policing. Crime is down, attitudes are better in the PD, overall you can walk about the city far better than 10 years ago. Neighborhoods are safer, businesses are safer, what could we ask of a police chief. If the mayor or the city council had the same record they would be worth keeping. I vote to let Chief Bratton take over the whole thing. These idiots in the new media hold him up to extreme transparency yet let the council and mayor slide on everything.

October 19, 2009 7:13 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Just to clarify -- Congresswoman Linda Sanchez's district is entirely inside Los Angeles County. She is not from Orange County.

October 19, 2009 8:10 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Michael shocked but kudos to you for letting people read Tim Rutten's piece. I don't get that guy. He put out glowing piece this year about Bratton then can't figure out why he's so made at what's happened to LA. People are slamming Trutanich for speaking tough but I gotta tell you people in Los Angeles like those who aren't afraid to say it like it is. Cops are pissed at their Police Political Union for throwing them under the bus. Their pr guy works for Harvey Englander who is the uncle of Mitch, Greig Smith's Chief of Staff. Harvey reps some council members. Talk about a conflict of interest no wonder the cops got screwed.

October 19, 2009 8:14 AM  

Blogger Michael Higby said:

6:30 yea I was really surprised when I read that Daily News piece and it was taken nearly word for word from the email exchange started by McGrath and then responded to by myself, Stuart and others. I was the one that made the remark about Sun Valley not being far from Studio City and the crack about needing a visa to go to ST. So not only did the "journalist" just copy shit from the email she didn't even read the "to-froms" carefully to see who said what, hence attributing that remark to Stuart.

October 19, 2009 8:32 AM  

Blogger Michael Higby said:

I stand corrected. I'm not up much on the Sanchez sisters but thankfully the Latino Politics Blog is there to keep us informed.

October 19, 2009 8:33 AM  

Blogger Michael Higby said:

By the way if anyone was interested in why I allowed the comments about Tamar Galatzan (as well as those that went unchallenged by others regarding Jan Perry, Richard Alarcon's daughter, Zuma Dogg and others) is that I was doing a test and investigation in gathering some much needed information. Through all of that and with some assistance from others I indeed did find out what I needed to know. For now I can't really speak about it but it could come out later.

More importantly going forward that kind of stuff really isn't allowed, while it can be amusing in a few instances, it probably doesn't add much. So be forewarned.

October 19, 2009 8:37 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Good for you Michael. Take this blog back to the old days where saying degrading mean things about the person instead of the issue is not allowed. You keep the intelligent dialogue going. Trutanich stated in LA Slimes or should I say Perry told paper Nuch would arrest her if she pursued having signs put up at LA Live (AEG). Blogdowntown is as suspicious as the rest of us they way city council does business and has this for Wednesday.

WEDNESDAY: Council meets, as do three committees.While it's not on an agenda yet, don't be surprised to see Council pull in CF 09-2559, Councilwoman Perry's motion regarding signage at L.A. Live.

October 19, 2009 10:20 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

The Latino Politics Blog is an excellent blog and it speaks well of Higby that it's on his reading list.

October 19, 2009 10:33 AM  

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October 19, 2009 10:44 AM  

Anonymous Nina Royal said:

I'm happy that you mentioned that Woodbury College is actually in the L.A. Community of Sun Valley.
Federal Zip codes are determined by the Feds and have no relationship to the boundaries of cities. There is a portion of Sunland-Tujunga that has a La Crescenta (Glendale) addresses but they are in the city of L.A., not in Glendale. Now that the college is "outed" maybe they and the community will work together regarding community improvements.

October 19, 2009 11:42 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Teh LA Weekly said the medical marijuana shops all over Los Angeles was the fault of city council and started with PLUM committee run by Huizar and Ed Reyes. Now we are in big trouble because the city lost a lawsuit today.
Superior Court judge concluded today that Los Angeles' moratorium on new medical marijuana dispensaries is invalid and granted a preliminary injunction against enforcement of the ban sought by a dispensary that had sued the city.

Judge James C. Chalfant determined that the city failed to follow state law when it extended its initial moratorium. "The city cannot rely on an expired ordinance," he said.

Green Oasis and a number of other medical marijuana collectives sued the city last month, challenging its efforts to control the dispensaries. The lawsuit argued that the City Council violated state law when it extended the ban until mid-March and that it is unconstitutionally vague.
Although the injunction applies only to Green Oasis, the judge's ruling calls into question the city's power to enforce the moratorium against hundreds of dispensaries

October 19, 2009 2:13 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Fuck Tim Rutten and the LA Times.

They are a bunch of bitter, old-time lefties whose paper is rapidly going into the toilet.

They are completely out of touch with the corruption going on in city government.

They have been losing circulation since their last minute hit piece on Arnold in 2003.

Their parent company is bankrupt and ready to sell the paper at a fire-sale price.

They are getting their collective asses handed to them by the LA Weekly and Mayor Sam.

If they didn't expose Jack Weiss for the fraud that he is, they might have become completely irrelevant to readers in LA.

In 5 years, there won't be an LA Daily News, and the LA Slimes will be on its last legs.

Bye, bye, mother f***ers!!!!

October 19, 2009 11:40 PM  

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